Link Love: a Lazy Man’s Blog Post

So what I saw in the blog hopper was lots and lots of links. And rather than bookmark them in some obscure place never to be seen again, I’ve catalogued them here to share. Maybe one or two will be of interest. Other blog-fodder is ruminating even now. (Do you know what a “rumen” is, btw?)

  • Fear Stops Child Development Can we find an acceptable level of risk to allow for our children–no more or less than my generation had–so that being outside is an adventure, and they gain confidence rather than reflecting society’s fears?
  • Livestock’s Long Shadow UN Study of meat-eating environmental issues and options. Jump to the conclusions:  “the livestock sector is a major stressor on many ecosystems and the planet as a whole–as the largest greenhouse gas producer, a leading cause of lost biodiversity and the leading cause of water pollution.” It also provides the livelihoods for close to a billion people, most of them in the third world. Houston, we have a dilemma. Read the Zemanta link (down below) about nitrogen, too.

  • Algae Gets Another Endorsement As Biofuel Of The Future | And the best news: this improved method uses 1) CO2 produced by industry and 2) organic waste like comes from poultry and livestock feedlots. This study is being done at UVa.
  • Tropical storm tracking Please oh Please let Faye come close, stay long, and settle gently over southwest Virginia and other parched places–2 to 4 slow-sinking inches would be nice. We asked nicely.

  • High royalty fees could cause Pandora to close its music box This would be a real shame, both for listeners and for artists. I know I’ve found unknown bands and individual artists and even types of music I didn’t know I wanted until Pandora brought them my way.

  • Nouriel Roubini’s U.S. EconoMonitor This fellow, an economic prophet of doom who is unfortunately more often right than wrong, called the FannieMae and Mac debacle a long time before they came down. He has a blog.
  • Catalog Choice: Opt Out of Catalog Mailings Other than putting in the bottom of the kitchen trash can, why do we have all these catalogs that we never wanted and from which we never order? If this can be stopped, think of the trees, water and energy we could save collectively. Do it today.
  • Save the planet? Buy it   I’m afraid our limit is the acreage we currently own, but that’s not nothing–except compared to the hundreds of thousands of acres some rich dudes are buying. Entire ecosystems are now privately owned–a situation that could be either blessing or curse, depending.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Roubini’s site is decent reading as a piece of the big economic picture. You should be aware that he is a “left of center” economist, which is somewhat of an anomoly, but a deserving read nonetheless.

    Here is one my favorite econ blogs with a thorough blogroll on the left margin. Enjoy!